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Cholera in Namibia

19 Feb 2014

An outbreak of cholera is ongoing in Namibia and on 11 February 2014, the first cases were reported in the capital Windhoek. Fourteen suspected or confirmed cases have been reported in Windhoek, including one fatality. A total of 518 cases and 17 fatalities have been recorded since the outbreak began in November 2013, in the northern regions.

Advice for Travellers

Travellers to outbreak areas who will be mixing closely with the local population and cannot ensure safe drinking water can be immunised against cholera. A high standard of food, water and personal hygiene should also be maintained.